October 7, 1922 – Tuesday, February 10, 2009
St. Michael/Albertville 300 N Main St. M
Florence Menzel, age 86 of Monticello, died Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at her home.
*donations are preferred to: St. Albert Catholic Church, Albertville.
Florence Cecelia was born on October 7, 1922 in Rogers to Charles and Elizabeth (nee Goth) Briggs. Florence was a graduate of North Minneapolis High School. On February 19, 1944 she married Lawrence Menzel. They spent most of their life in Osseo, where Florence, who was also a licensed broker, assisted her husband with his real estate business. After his death in 1980, she cleaned homes for a living. In May of 1987, Florence married Clarence Bobendrier Sr. He died in 1994. Florence’s house and heart were always open to those in need; she cared for several sick and recuperating relatives in her home. A member of the Crow River Senior Center, St. Michael Euchre Club, Florence enjoyed playing cards, going to the casino, traveling and, most of all, reading.
Florence is survived by: sons: Lawrence (Linda) Menzel, Osseo, Rick (Barb) Menzel, Big Rock, IL, & Randal (Kathleen) Menzel, Monticello; step-children: Susan Merriweather, Anoka, Lou (Doyle) Miller, & Clarence Bobendrier Jr., KS; siblings: Alvin Briggs, Robbinsdale, Robert Briggs, St. Cloud, & Marjorie Anderson, Westby, WI; 6 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; & many step-grand and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by: husbands: Lawrence Menzel & Clarence Bobendrier; children: Jerome “Jerry” & Carol Lynn Menzel; siblings: Edna Paulson, & Jerry Briggs; special aunt, Corraine Mertz.
There was a Celebration of Eternal Life at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 13, 2009 at the Peterson Chapel Funeral Home – St. Michael/Albertville. Father Peter Richards was the Celebrant. Alexis Middleton was the organist and Janet Gullickson, one of Florence’s nieces, was the soloist. Another of Florence’s nieces, Donna Briggs did the eulogy. The casket bearers were: Tom Briggs, Donna Briggs, Robert Briggs, Debbie Briggs, Hilary Kalk, and Allen Rausch. Lori Wordell and Susan Merriweather were honorary bearers. There was a one hour visitation prior to the funeral. The interment was at 2:00 P.M. that afternoon at Crystal Lake Cemetery, in Minneapolis.